原文标题：China calls on Japan to meet 'halfway' to fix ties
BEIJING: China called on new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to meet Beijing 'halfway' to try and improve relations that have been hurt by a debilitating territorial dispute.
"We hope the new Japanese administration will meet the Chinese side halfway and make concrete efforts to overcome difficulties in bilateral relations," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.
She added such efforts were needed "so as to push bilateral relations back on to the normal track of development".
Hua was speaking after Abe was selected today as Japan's prime minister by the lower house of parliament following victory by his Liberal Democratic Party in elections earlier this month.
"We are ready to work with the Japanese side to push forward the steady and sound development of bilateral relations," Hua said.
China and Japan are at odds over small islands in the East China Sea that both claim, though Japan controls. China calls them the Diaoyu Islands, while Japan refers to them as the Senkaku Islands.
Tensions have mounted this year, with Japan recently scrambling fighter jets after a Chinese plane flew near the territory.
Hua reiterated China's position on the dispute, calling the Diaoyu Islands "China's inherent territory," while adding that Beijing wants to resolve the dispute "through dialogue and negotiation."
"The pressing task for Japan now is to show sincerity and take concrete actions to overcome the current situation and improve bilateral relations."
Separately, China's official Xinhua news agency carried a commentary expressing hope that Abe's election could herald the beginning of better relations.
"It is hoped that Abe... could view Japan-China ties from a long-term and overall perspective and steer Tokyo's diplomacy toward the consolidation of regional peace and stability," the commentary said.
It emphasised the important economic relationship between China and Japan, the world's second- and third-largest economies, respectively, and noted that Abe wants to improve Japan's slumping economy.
"For an export-oriented economy like Japan, to regain growth means strenuous work to bolster its stagnant domestic market and expand overseas trade as well," Xinhua said.
"However, the prospect would be something hard to come by should Tokyo choose to play with fire amid simmering tensions not only with China but also with other neighbours like South Korea and Russia."
AMARENDRA NATH SRIVASTVA (ranchi)
china has adopted similar policies for arunachal pradesh in india (errstwhile nefa)
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is that chini bully down now..they caling to talks...............good work japs............india need to take lessons...arunachal and siachin are in trouble........
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First China lays unjustified and illegal bizarre claims on territories of its neighbors and then, asks them to move half way. This is China's time tested way of expansionism. Look at the history of, now, China's Yennan province and how China grabbed it. Look at how China occupied Tibet.
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Mahesh Ved (Mumbai) replies to SLDUA
CHINA HAS BEEN ENCIRCLED BY ITS NEIGHBOURS AND US AND INDIAN NAVY ARE HELPING THEM.
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Mahesh Ved (Mumbai)
CHINA HAS REALISED ITS LIMITATIONS.MORE IT THREATENS ITS NEIGHBOURS, MORE CHANCES OF US INVOLVEMENT.
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China and Chinese are the most annoying country and people in the whole world. Hope their race get extinct asap
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Mahesh Ved (Mumbai) replies to Jay
CHINA SHOULD LEARN TO RESPECT ITS NEIGHBOURS.
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Parag Mehta (Mumbai)
this is definitely chinese language. read the crafted words carefully by chinese. come than come we are here to resolve the issue, but if you don't come be ready for economic fight and we will overpower you -- read south korea and russia. but the language also have the element of losss of its image internationally acorss other countries, neighbours and others over the issue of japan's unexpected jetters response. language also have element of mildness and softness, i.e. devoid of agreesiveness, normally china threatens neighbours. Visible assertiveness is missing in language. They know its JAPAN on other side, not India , Vietnam or Philipines!!!!! However Russia is also smart and will extract a price from China sooner or later.
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Mahesh Ved (Mumbai) replies to Brown American
CHINA HAS REALISED THAT BULLYING AND THREATS DONT WORK.
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A very reasonable and logical request by China.. that Japan should seriously consider!
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homer (uk) replies to VIKASH
Why should Japan consider? If I say your house belongs to me and than suggest we will share it to save court case. Would you accept?Chinese never bothered until Japan found oil and gas.
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Mahesh Ved (Mumbai) replies to VIKASH
JAPAN WILL CERTAINLY MEET CHINA HALF WAY.
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Mahesh Ved (Mumbai)
CHINA HAS NOW COME TO SENSES.
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Now China wants half of other's peoples wealth and resources. Something for nothing.Go to U.N and prove your case!
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Kc and jojo (USA)
Half of not yours is still not yours! China takes the world for fools!
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Brown American (USA)
China and Japan should declare the islands as "Sino-Japan Friendship" Island and share the sovereignty via a joint commission. They should avoid the trap being laid by USA, Europe to turn Japan and China into a conflict. Similarly, Myopic Indian Hindu leadership should avoid conflict with China and resolve the territorial disputes of AP and Aksai Chin.
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Go back to your own land chinese communist pigs..
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Kc and jojo (USA)
There is no meeting china halfway. Halfway means half an island that is not on any modern maps as part of china. China will never negotiate in good faith. NEVER. its a matter of policy. Its psychological bullying to attack you and then offer you relief at some smaller cost. China is pure evil.
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Brown American (USA)
India will never encourage Japan to compromise. It will open the Pandora's box for India. There are territorial disputes between China and and India, that have not been resolved. Arunanchal Pradesh, and Aksai Chin. Although I believe India has stronger claim on Aksai Chin, however, India does not talk seriously about these disputes. The reason is India's weak claim on "South Tibet", because India has already conceded Tibet's sovereignty to the Chinese. If Tibet belongs to China then South Tibet belongs to China. On Aksai Chin, unless Kashmir dispute is resolved with Pakistan, India can not claim Aksai Chin.
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SLDUA (Noida) replies to Brown American
Arunachal Pradesh area never had name of South Tibet. It is one of the ways of communist China to lay claim over others' territory by giving new names to others territories as it is doing with Senkaku island of Japan. And what is the claim of Pakistan over Aksai Chin whereas it has not spoken a word during last 65 years about Aksai Chin AND when it has handed over Shaksgam Valley to China? I stop here because I don’t want to use any expletives against you.
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